Michael Hunter, President/CEO. Michael is the creator of KIDS ROCK STUDIO. He will also serve as Head Recording Engineer/Instructor. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Oversee daily operations working closely with each instructor and student
• Selection of students for each 8 week course
• Personnel management
• Together with the Operations Director, develop and manage the annual budget
• Program development
• Develop and implement community outreach programs
Michael Hunter aka Scoonie Gee was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to parents Richard F. Hunter Sr, and Lorene Verdell Hunter, Michael is the second of 5 kids. Michael became involved in music at a very early age. Got his first toy guitar at the tender age of 1, as a Christmas gift and actually started to play it. His parents, upon hearing him play a toy guitar, decided to get him a real guitar, which he quickly learned to play as well, along with placing Michael in community free piano and dance lessons. Michael moved to Los Angeles, California and upon arrival in Los Angeles he immediately begun playing the local music scene. Michael started a group called Master Volume that he fronted. This was a Heavy Metal band that garnered attention around Los Angeles opening shows for Poison and others. Later he started a new group called Zero-X with guitar virtuoso Martin Johnson and his brother Larry Johnson on bass guitar. They recorded a demo while playing shows in Los Angeles and made an impact on the growing Metal scene. The group disbanded but Michael forged on forming a new group called “Hunter”. Hunter enlisted the drumming talents of Mike Kickliter, Carmine Demico on guitar, and JP Daoust on bass guitar. They recorded an EP simply entitled “Hunter” .The love of music kept Michael searching for a cohesive group and during auditions for another group Michael met a new, up and coming singer with a powerful voice named JR. JR is the son of legendary soul singer Solomon Burke, the King of Rock and Soul. The two singers decided to form a new group based on two part harmonies, catchy hooks and sing along choruses. They formed a group called Now Hear This which went on to record demos at the legendary A&M recording studios. At A&M Studios,” Now Hear This” was sharing rooms with Motley Crue, The Rolling Stones, among others. It was there during the bands stint at A&M Studios as an artist, Michael became interested in music production. He took what he learned in the control room while watching A&M staff engineer Chad Muncy, engineer, record, and produce the Now Hear This sessions and sought jobs as an engineer assistant. Michael got a break and took a job as a night manager at another major recording studio, Music Grinder. Michael became immersed in the production of hit records spending countless hours assisting on sessions by the likes of Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Powerman 5000, Limp Bizkit, just to name a few. On non-working hours he would also offer his services for free as a guitarist, bassist, vocalist, while also working with engineers at the studio on his own demos. On a session break during the recording of the debut album by Snoop Dogg and The Eastsiddaz, Snoop Dogg overheard the demo Michael had been working on. Upon listening to the song, Snoop dubbed Michael his new nickname of “SCOONIE”. Asked why he called Michael “Scoonie”, Snoop explained that the music reminding him of a scratchier sounding “Hootie” of Hootie and The Blowfish fame. Hence the name “SCOONIE”(scratchier Hootie). Scoonie then begun recording as a session guest artist on songs for Herbie “Luvbug” Azor, recording with platinum engineer Al Machera, who also mixed some of Scoonie’s demos, along with Dave Aron, Snoops engineer, who mastered Scoonie’s demos. Platinum recording engineer Ian Boxill also recorded and mixed some of Scoonie’s demos. Armed with a new energy and radio ready demos from platinum help, Scoonie decided to put together a live band to play the songs from those demos. Scoonie fronted a new band singing and playing guitar with Reggie “Mars’ McFadden on bass, Jeremy Green on drums, Stephanie Menner on keyboards, and DJ Slice on turntables. When Mars left the group he enlisted veteran underground Metal Singer/Bassist, Willie Basse, of Black Sheep fame to join. This new pairing and group started a string of live performances and this new blend of Heavy Metal/Rock/Hip-Hop/ fusion of styles created a new genre of music dubbed “Ghettometal”. Basse also owned his own recording studio so it was natural for the group to record demos there as well. Joined at the studio while Jeremy was traveling Jordan Harrison stepped in to play drums and was also joined by Tracey Brown, Snoop Doggs 2nd recording engineer. Scoonie begun compiling a vast array of songs and decided to release a 3-song demo entitled “Scoonie”. Copies quickly sold out and Scoonie continued to play live shows and kept recording new material along the way. All along the way Scoonie was learning more and more about the production side of the music business. It is with this rounded experience he decided to start Kids Rock Studio in the spirit of giving back to kids who want careers in the music industry.